For 26 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 92% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 5% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 19.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Blessing's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 84
Highest review score: 100 The Irishman
Lowest review score: 58 Where Hands Touch
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
26 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Blessing
    The Truffle Hunters is a charming, life-affirming film, a look at an enduring folkway that brings fun and flavor to Italians every year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Joe Blessing
    In Between Dying is a powerful parable of spiritual awakening.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    Critical Thinking shows that Leguizamo makes a good teacher on screen and behind the camera –he’s telling a story that is truly inspiring and educational, but also revealing its relevance and keeping it fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    We Are Little Zombies is much more about style than story. Nagahisa delivers a visual tour-de-force, careening wildly through an unimaginable array of arresting shots.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Joe Blessing
    In a movie landscape cluttered with coming of age stories, it’s worth asking what distinguishes a straightforward example such as Premature. Two things do – authenticity and Zora Howard. Howard is a breakout talent and she endows this story with grace and passion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Joe Blessing
    Zombi Child is the rare film that’s both rich in ideas and fun, a reckoning with forces colonial powers would like buried, but that won’t stay dead.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    Even if Varda by Agnes sometimes betrays its roots as a lecture, it’s a touching and memorable reflection on the life and art from a true legend of cinema, one whose ideas are as relevant as ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    “Making Waves” covers an impressive amount of ground in 90 minutes and is a perfect introduction to the subject for a student or casual fan.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Blessing
    The Irishman, which feels like the work of an older, wiser, less flashy filmmaker, is much more preoccupied with the soul of Frank Sheeran and reckoning with his choices.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Blessing
    Even if the personal and political don’t always line up neatly in The Moneychanger, it’s an engaging character study of a man with little character, elevated by Veiroj’s unusual eye.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Joe Blessing
    Containing some of his most open reflections and most electric performances, Rolling Thunder Revue is a terrific addition to the Dylan film canon and an absolute must for Dylanophiles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Blessing
    For a romantic comedy, Photograph is a little light on romance or comedy, but it makes up for this in thoughtfulness and charm. Photograph is a wistful, old-fashioned romance for those struggling to move forward with one foot in the past.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Blessing
    The restraint with which Youmans characterizes is refreshing, but the performances can also feel diminished by inscrutable elements, whether that’s missing narrative context or simply parts of scenes that are simply hard to see or hear entirely. Still, Burning Cane would be an impressive debut at any age, showing a distinct style, a suggestive eye for setting and detail, and an admirable willingness to experiment.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Blessing
    Amazing Grace is a showcase of one of America’s greatest talents and a rush of pure spiritual uplift. There are only so many ways to praise Franklin’s voice and they all fall short – just go and hear it for yourself.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Blessing
    “Boyz in the Wood” is a jolt of irreverent fun that wants you to laugh at the stupid and depraved behavior of teenage boys but also to know that at the end of the day, the kids will be all right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Joe Blessing
    Combined with a narrative with a more defined ending, this darker tone suits Sang-soo’s minor-key ruminations, injecting more tension and pathos into his trademark conversations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    Though Monos feels very contemporary aesthetically, its subjects are timeless: the malleability of group dynamics and how subtle changes can lead to either violence or harmony. It’s a philosophical film with very few words, examining its ideas through powerful images and feelings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    Light from Light is a quiet and modest film with big subjects on its mind and it will reward those viewers with the patience to listen to the faint wavelengths at the end of the dial.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Joe Blessing
    If you come looking for an effective drama with heavy ideas about family and justice, The Mule will likely disappoint. However, if the idea of an oddball road trip with Clint Eastwood toting a few kilos in the back sounds appealing, you’re in for a treat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) is returned to his human dimensions, by a keen script and wonderful lead performance, while still being held up as an example of the artist’s ability to transcend time.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Joe Blessing
    Every character must negotiate their own boundaries while trying to hold on to what, and whom, they love, and the detailed portrait of that struggle saves the movie from its second half mistakes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Joe Blessing
    The film works best when at its simplest — two brilliant actors sparring with each other, Kingsley attempting to justify the horrific, Issac attempting to stay human and just while grappling with the embodiment of the Third Reich’s unfathomable legacy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 58 Joe Blessing
    There’s nothing particularly special about Siberia, but with a winning Keanu Reeves performance, it maintains enough moment-to-moment suspense that it just might be enough to satisfy moviegoers yearning for a throwback genre film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Joe Blessing
    Hollywood has been showing people hanging off of things for over 100 years, and if that’s something you enjoy, Skyscraper is the pinnacle of this trope, forcing The Rock to dangle, hang, and swing at insane heights above the street time and time again. This is the MO of the whole movie, taking things that have worked before and pumping them up to The Rock-sized spectacle; it’s not too original but it provides what it promises.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    Sollers Point is an intimate and wise character study, not only of an unformed young man but also of a neighborhood struggling to preserve itself in the face of economic decline.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Joe Blessing
    Reis and Guerra bring to life the beauty, people, textures, and (stunningly shot) landscapes of Cape Verde as well as the difficulty of finding home.

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